Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore fights fresh Italian extradition warrant request after arrest in west London

Dubbed the ‘Godfather of Uxbridge’, the 65-year-old has been convicted of links to infamous criminal organisation

The convicted Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore has appeared in court following his re-arrest in west London yesterday.

Described by Italian prosecutors as “one of the heads of one of the most powerful mafia associations in Italy”, the 65-year-old was detained after the Metropolitan Police received a fresh European Arrest Warrant.

Rancadore, who has a serious heart condition and fled Italy 20 years ago, was told only last month that he would not face extradition because prison conditions would be a breach of his human rights.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court wearing a beige jumper and black trousers, and with his wife Anne in the public gallery, he argued that the latest arrest warrant request was identical to the last one from Italy except for some additional assurances about prison standards.

He was later remanded in custody, and is due to appear at the same court for a bail hearing next week.

Dubbed the “Godfather of Uxbridge”, Rancadore was first arrested last in the UK last August after two decades on the run from Italian police.

They have accused him of fleeing the country where he faced trial over his alleged Mafia connections in Palermo between 1987 and 1995, and said he has an “outstanding sentence of seven years imprisonment to serve” following a trial in his absence.

Sicilian mafia boss Domenico Rancadore has been arrested in London after 20 years on the run Sicilian mafia boss Domenico Rancadore has been arrested in London after 20 years on the run Last month Senior District Judge Howard Riddle reversed his original decision to extradite Rancadore, and was told at another hearing that he would not face an appeal against the judge's ruling.

The High Court heard the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lodged an appeal against the decision to refuse Rancadore's extradition but it was not served to his lawyers within the seven-day time limit and he was released on unconditional bail.

Rancadore and his wife moved with their two children to Uxbridge in 1994 and lived under the name of Skinner, the maiden name of Ms Rancadore's British mother.

At a previous hearing, Rancadore said he came to the UK to give his children “a good life”, and to bring his time in Italy to an end.

He said the infamous Maxi Trial in which he was a defendant in the mid-1980s - involving 460 defendants, one of whom was his father - was a “terrible experience”.

Asked about changing his name to Marc Skinner, he said it was to end ties with Italy, adding: “This was the only way.”

Rancadore said he did not even contact his mother or father back home, saying: “I wanted to end everything with Sicily.”

News
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul fails to make a save from Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
newsGoalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs
Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
artCultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
Arts and Entertainment
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux play teeneage lovers in the French erotic drama 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' - The survey found four times as many women admitting to same-sex experiences than 20 years ago
arts + entsBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Bojack Horseman and Hobbit on the way
News
people
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
News
A scene from the video shows students mock rioting
newsEnd-of-year leaver's YouTube film features playground gun massacre
News
i100
Life and Style
The director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton with Angus MacLane's Lego model
gadgetsDesign made in Pixar animator’s spare time could get retail release
News
peopleGuitarist, who played with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper among others, was 71
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices